Lawmakers Unveil Legislation Creating Trust Fund for Youth Impacted by Prison System

HARRISBURG, June 21, 2017 — A bipartisan group of state senators and Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel today unveiled legislation to establish a public charitable trust to help children impacted by the prison system and reverse the direction of youth who are on a path leading to incarceration in Pennsylvania.

The legislation, authored by state Sens. Vincent Hughes, Pat Browne, Jay Costa and Richard Alloway, would create the “First Chance Trust Fund,” which would be used to create scholarships and provide grants to programs that benefit children of incarcerated loved ones and children facing challenges.

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Costa Takes Steps to hold Pharmaceutical Industry Accountable for Opioid Crisis

Harrisburg – June 15, 2017 – State Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) today signaled his intent to introduce a resolution urging Governor Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro to file suit against the pharmaceutical industry for deceptive and unfair marketing practices.

Costa’s resolution requests that any funds recovered from the lawsuits be placed in a reserve account to be used for drug, alcohol and mental health treatment.

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Senate Democrats, Pittsburgh Mayor Advance Efforts on Climate Change Despite Trump

Harrisburg – June 13, 2017 –  Committed to positioning Pennsylvania as a leader in the battle against global climate change, Sens. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny) and Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia/Delaware), along with Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto today outlined legislation to support the continuation of the Obama Clean Power Plan.

“The recent actions of President Trump to dismiss the realities of climate change and abandon the Paris climate accord will be felt from Pennsylvania to Paris,” Costa said.  “We have a moral and ethical responsibility as elected officials to do the right thing, at the right time for the right reasons. 

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Costa, Fontana React to Trump Paris Accord Decision; Redouble Efforts in Pa

Harrisburg – June 3, 2017 Stunned at President Donald J. Trump’s dismissal of climate change and abandonment of the Paris climate accord, Senators Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny) today stated their intentions to position Pennsylvania to lead by example, absent federal leadership on environmental protection.

“Like you, Mr. President, I too was elected to represent the people of Pittsburgh – but I’m going to stick to my word.  In the absence of federal leadership, I’m going to take steps to ensure a future for our children, providing an environment where people can grow, thrive and live healthy lives with an expectation that the water they’re drinking and the air they’re breathing is clean and safe.

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Senator Jay Costa Hosts a Discussion on Teen Suicide Awareness and Prevention

On May 25, 2017, Senator Jay Costa hosted a discussion on teen suicide awareness and prevention with state and national teen suicide prevention organizations and medical and educational professionals.

Teens and young adults, now more than ever have the I world as their audience via social media. This creates a space where they broadcast their lives in real time. Unfortunately some are starting to use those forums to broadcast disturbing and harmful acts, including suicide, as reported by many national news outlets.

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Costa Legislation Will Protect Kids from School Lunch Shaming

Harrisburg – May 10, 2017 – Concerned at reported mistreatment of children with low balances on school lunch accounts, State Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) today introduced legislation that would prohibit “lunch shaming” by school administrators and staff.

“These reports of schools consciously making the choice to bully children whose families are struggling to pay for school lunches is disturbing,” Costa said. “When did it become ok for children to be publicly shamed for something over which they have no control? We need to be supporting these families and providing assistance, not shaming their children.”

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Senator Jay Costa’s Electric Choice Forum

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Senator Jay Costa and Lt. Gov. Mike Stack Host Pathway to Pardons

Learn about the pardons process and other processes that could allow you to keep a record of a non-violent crime from getting in the way of your ability to get a job or take advantage of other opportunities.

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Campaign Finance Reform

This much-needed reform measure is aimed to protect the integrity of our state government and maintain the balance of influence in the election of public officials by establishing campaign contribution limits in Pennsylvania.

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Property Tax Reform

Our new property tax plan would eliminate school property taxes for 2 million homeowners, reduce property taxes by $1,990 for another 1.2 million homesteads and provide a $500 rent rebate for more than 800,000 Pennsylvanians.

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Surprise Balance-Billing

With some 45 million Americans behind on medical bills, and half of all bankruptcies caused by them, patients should not risk being saddled with bills for services they reasonably understood would be covered by their health insurance.

Pennsylvania Legislative Arts and Culture Caucus

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The Pennsylvania Arts and Culture Caucus, a bi-cameral, bi-partisan caucus, was established in October 2012 with the purpose of providing caucus members access to the latest research, education and policy developments on arts and culture.  Additionally we support caucus members in their efforts to draft and pass legislation that advances arts, culture, and tourism in the Commonwealth.

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